ECLIPSED's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ECLIPSED ECLIPSED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Oh No, NOT Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557491 I feel like all I do is complain when I post a blog! I've been working out pretty consistently, 2-3 times a week at the gym with my trainer, and 2-3 times a week at home on the treadmill. This isn't just putting in time, it's me pushing myself to do things at the gym that my body feels for a few days afterwards. I rotate my workouts on the treadmill, going fast enough to keep my heart rate up, then the next time I go faster and even jog a bit. So, back to my dilemma. I was pretty happy with m... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:04:14 EST Frustrated, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534980 Just another question for anyone who knows. I've started back at the gym, working my butt off, lose a pound, gain 2, gain 1. Admittedly, my eating is not in line with where I want to be, but still trying to make working out a habit, instead of an occasional occurrence. Anyway, how do I gain 3 pounds in two days, without going way way over in my calories? This always seems to be my sticking point with trying to lose weight. I seem to be able to lose easier if I'm not working out!! How can this... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:09:00 EST Starting Over...........Again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530223 August 23rd seems like a long time ago, but it's only been a little over two months. That is the day I had the surgery that gave me back my life. If you go back and read my previous blogs, you'll see why. I really don't want to get into the details again :) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am back at the gym, have a new trainer (a good friend) and am feeling like maybe I can do this again. I know that change takes time, but I am going to be patient and not rush it all. Exercise is easy for me when I feel... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 17:00:30 EST Surgery :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471565 Well, I ended up having surgery on August 23rd. It was pretty painless, nothing near what I expected. I took percocet for two days then couldn't stand how it was making me feel, so I quit. The pain is tolerable so no more pills. The surgeon said that the skin tags he removed may have been making my problem worse, as one was pulling on the fissure, not allowing it to heal. I hope that he is right! I have a follow up appointment on September 9th and I'm hoping that things are healed enough for ... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 09:54:37 EST Hitting the Fan and Trying to Get Through It All................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446672 Just a disclaimer: this contains what some people would say is "too much information" sorry if any of it is offensive, but I was hoping to hear from someone who has this same embarrassing problem :( <BR> <BR> Ha! My last blog was before the sh** hit the fan in our house! <BR> <BR> After retiring and spending time in Jamaica and Florida to celebrate, we came home to HUGE medical problems for both of us. It started in April when Jack was having leg pain and shortness of breath. I told him he... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 16:15:01 EST Spring & New Beginnings............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314506 Early April and spring is finally making an appearance here on the "east coast" of Ohio. The daffodils and crocuses have been up for a couple weeks and now my maple trees are budding. The lilies and peonies are poking up and there's a robin in my backyard who is feasting on the berries from my "cardinal candy" bush :) After this long winter, mother nature is finally starting to behave herself. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly making a comeback to spark; I forgot how hard it is to be accountable with my ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 10:36:39 EST Winter Blues.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757525 I definitely am not a cold weather person! Give me sunshine, heat, humidity and all the other things that come with summer. Just last week, I wore shorts to work 3 out of 4 days! It felt like spring was here. Yesterday I was wearing a flannel shirt, jeans, boots, gloves.........well, you get the picture. Winter was back with a vengeance, temps in the 20's, high winds, and snow :( <BR> <BR> Give me picnics, motorcycle rides, swimming, fireworks and burgers on the grill. No icy windows to scra... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:10:48 EST Exercises For People Over 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569326 I received this in an e-mail yesterday and thought it was pretty funny :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50 <BR> <BR> Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. <BR> <BR> With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax. <BR> <BR> Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. Afte... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 07:46:56 EST ER X 2, Shadows & Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4414000 I woke up early on Thursday morning (4:30am!) with a stiff neck and pain in my right shoulder. I figured I either slept wrong or because Buster was laying on my head, as usual. I went out on the couch, being the sweet wife I am (didn't want to keep dh awake) When I finally woke back up around 6:30am, my neck was still hurting and now my left shoulder was in some pretty good pain. I was taking motrin and tylenol for the next 3 days, with very little relief. Jack wanted to take me to the er on ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 10:04:34 EST A 3-Hour Tour......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352557 Yesterday we took our boat out for the first time this summer (I know, it IS July!) I take my camera everywhere, so I took a few pics while we were out. <BR> <BR> We hadn't been out long when we came across this guy. The boat, the Lauren Elizabeth, is a paddlewheel, which we don't see much of unless it's the big ones coming up with tourists. Even those are few and far between now. He some kind of "dock" attached to the front and one woman was sitting there. The "captain" waved and she just s... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 07:44:42 EST E-mail Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4281340 I have an e-mail account at work (yeah, ANOTHER one!) and this came today at the bottom of some boring work e-mail that I was deleting. I saw this quote and thought "this is just the way I should be thinking about my weight loss!" I've read and/or watched blogs by a couple of my spark friends and they have touched upon this subject a few times. A simple little sentence that says a whole lot. It's from "Anonymous" but I think that Kat or Hank probably could have written it. <BR> <BR> "Change... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 17:52:39 EST How do you fire your trainer?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4214876 Aarrgghh! I love my trainer, but he is getting married in July and moving away from the area. My old trainer, who I really, really love, is starting to train again and has asked me if I would like to come back. My dilemma is this: do I tell my current trainer I'm leaving him, or do I just leave? I've already committed to him for the month of May, but after that, I want to go back to my old trainer. How do I do this? Has anyone ever been in this situation, and if so, how did you handle it? Wou... Fri, 6 May 2011 16:04:08 EST Pondering............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146364 As you know, I'm not much of a blogger. I never have much of anything to say :) Today though, I am home from work, waiting to go see my doctor. I think maybe I've been bitten by a spider, or some other creepy crawly bug. The worst part is, that it is on my inner thigh, just as high as you can go without running into other bodily parts ;) The area is hot to the touch, red, swollen and inflamed and it hurt enough to keep me awake half the night. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, browsing spark. <BR> <... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:03:52 EST Friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4001726 I just made a few changes to my spark page and was looking over my list of friends. Seems like 9 of them just up and left! I went in to "remove" them and felt really bad about doing it. I remembered these people, interacted with them here and now I was removing them! I felt kind of bad; what if they came back? Would I find them again? Probably not. Funny how online friendships can work out, or not :( <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Tue, 8 Feb 2011 16:58:04 EST 1-1-11 It's all about the number 1 today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3877499 Today is the first day of a new year. It's typically the day that everyone decides to make resolutions for the coming year. It's a fresh start, a time to start over, a time to begin something new. Weight loss is probably the number one resolution that is made every year. I am not going to make that resolution this year or any other year. I've decided that I am going to make myself number one in all phases of my life. At home, it's just me and dh so that will be easy. At work I am learning to ... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:14:38 EST I'll never understand all of this........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3732698 After last week's blog, I was happy to have lost 3 pounds! So I got back on the scale on Wednesday morning and was STUNNED to have lost more weight! A total of 8 pounds since a couple of weeks ago. I have never lost that much weight in that short of a time. I pretty much try to always watch what I'm eating, but I am still nowhere near perfect on my diet. I also was NOT doing any weight lifting or yoga, due to my wrists. So, I am at a complete loss as to what brought on this near miracle :) I ... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 09:43:45 EST Round Two..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3720778 So after my last blog, I stopped exercising for a week. I did try to stay with my good eating habits, although I did slip up a little. Guess what? I lost 3 pounds! I had a little laugh at my own expense, since after all this time of trying to lose weight, for me it's still a random thing. Exercise and diet work for a lot of people, but for some reason not me. I think I need to really sit down and figure this out! <BR> <BR> I did take MJMONE's advice and "lost" the scale for a week too. I tho... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 12:05:13 EST I'd like some cheese with my whine....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3707245 I've seen that posted a hundred times and thought it was kind of funny. Well, today I'm not laughing too much. This will be my official "whine" blog. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to lose weight most of my life. I don't really know why, other than people expect it. I have been thin, I have been "normal" weight (whatever that is!)and I have been and am overweight. I am a happy person most of the time. Heck, even my husband is happy with the way I am. But it seems like my weight is on my mind mo... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:39:42 EST Scary Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3403160 As you may have noticed, I'm not much of a blogger. But I just had to get this weekend out of my system and this might be the way to go. <BR> <BR> I woke up at 3am on Saturday and had pain in my upper shoulder. Thinking I had just slept wrong, I tried to go back to sleep. Well, it wasn't as easy to fall back asleep as I thought. I finally got up around 6am and was still having pain in my back and shoulder, even a little in my chest. So I start worrying that I'm having a heart attack and dumm... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 08:48:42 EST Today's the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3007627 Last night I dreamed I was out running again, which I haven't done since November. Then my boss told me I looked like I was losing weight (I'm not!) My husband got chinese for lunch (for him, not me!) and I had one of the fortune cookies. My fortune read: "It is better to attempt something and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed." I've been doing a lot of nothing and succeeding very well! All of these things combined to finally give me some motivation to get back to business. So, w... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:24:00 EST And so this is Christmas............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2655618 ......and what have you done? <BR> <BR> Another year over <BR> And a new one just begun <BR> <BR> And so this is Christmas <BR> I hope you have fun <BR> The near and the dear one <BR> The old and the young. <BR> <BR> A very Merry Christmas <BR> And a Happy New Year <BR> Let's hope it's a good one <BR> Without any fear <BR> <BR> And so this is Christmas <BR> For weak and for strong <BR> For rich and the poor ones <BR> The road is so long <BR> <BR> And so Happy Christmas <BR... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 18:07:32 EST Dog Days of Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2311888 Dog Days of Summer has quite a lot of different meanings, I've come to find out. I thought it was the time of summer when it was hot and humid and people were content to sit on their porches and cool down at the end of a long, hot day. I'm not far off the mark! <BR> <BR> According to Wikipedia, "The phrase Dog Days or "the dog days of summer", Latin: Caniculae, Caniculares dies, refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer. In the northern hemisphere they usually fall between early July... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 09:05:44 EST Irresponsible Pet Owners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2161839 I HATE THEM! <BR> <BR> Coming home from running errands today, I saw a small kitten lying dead in a construction area. It was in the middle of a business area and had no business being there. WHY do people have pets, then let them have litters that they have no intentions of taking care of?! That poor little kitten never had a chance at life, and seeing it there just made me cry. <BR> <BR> I remember when I was young, that a lot of people let their dogs run loose, but they were taken care... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 13:10:28 EST That Light Bulb Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2120628 I was posting on one of my team threads today, and what I was writing sounded like something I wanted to put in my blog, so here it is. <BR> <BR> I was talking with Paul this morning at work and was crabbing that I am having such a hard time losing any weight this time around. He told me that even though I haven't lost, I am getting healthy and then he grabbed my arm and said, look, you have muscles too! I thought about that off and on all day. It was like that light bulb going off in my hea... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 18:20:39 EST What goes up............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1937146 Must come down! At least that's what they all say. I've been sick for a couple of weeks and haven't been to the gym or doing much of anything else for exercise. So, I get on the scale today and have lost 2 more pounds! WTF? I have been watching my diet since I'm doing nothing to work off any extra calories, so I was very shocked and pleasantly surprised. So, I decided to check my measurements. Imagine my surprise when those have gone down too. I plan on heading back to the gym on Monday and n... Thu, 2 Apr 2009 14:28:29 EST Points For Blogging? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1640754 Well, here's an easy way to get the points, or is it? I'm not an avid blogger and probably never will be, but I just couldn't resist when I saw that I would get points!! Seriously, I won't blog for points. Well, maybe just this once............ <em>211</em> Thu, 1 Jan 2009 18:58:45 EST Time to Downsize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1614820 I've come to the conclusion that I spend way too much time on Spark. That should be a good thing, but it is taking time away from other things I should be doing. I spend at least an hour here everyday, sometimes more. This weekend, I am going to trim down my teams, stop worrying about how many points I'm earning, get rid of all the Spark e-mail, and only track food, exercise, and live up to my challenges for the teams I stay with. I will miss it, but I need to take care of me and my family fi... Wed, 17 Dec 2008 18:44:56 EST VACATION! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1554540 Tomorrow we are leaving for vacation! I am very excited about our trip, but I am also very worried about gaining weight! I've packed all my workout clothes, running shoes, and lifting gloves, so I have no excuse not to exercise. I tend to fall into the habit of lying on the beach with a good book and a good drink! I am making a promise to myself to get at least 30 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week while on vacation. Running, swimming, lifting and maybe even some tennis, pilates, yoga and w... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 19:49:28 EST Ups and downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1494314 I've about had it with the crazy ups and downs on the scale. Up three, down two. Then over and over again. I've been doing this for a YEAR! I know I overeat or snack sometimes, but a three pound GAIN overnight? WTF? I have NO problems with exercising, only I know I don't work out as hard at home as I do at the gym. I do walk when I'm at home, sometimes run/walk on the treadmill, and do strength training too. I still fit into all my clothes, but am scared to death to do any measurements. I see... Sat, 4 Oct 2008 08:42:19 EST Vacation blahs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1372964 Just got back from Vegas and TRIED to track my food and exercise. I just gave up and will try again tomorrow. I didn't eat my 3 meals plus 2-3 snacks, but I didn't eat a whole lot either. Just did 2 or 3 meals a day, no snacking, and very little strength training. I DID walk for miles, literally! I wore my pedometer everyday and was so surprised at how far we went. The most we did was 9 miles and the least was 6. I'm ready for bed now. 'Nite! Thu, 31 Jul 2008 22:32:26 EST It's not over yet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1346203 It's been about six weeks since my blog about the plateau, and I am still here. Luke has changed my workout to lift heavy and for a while I thought it had kick started me into losing again. I had lost about 4 pounds and this morning the scale tells me they are back. I am out of ideas on what to do. Worse yet, I start my vacation in a week and will be away from the gym for three weeks. All of this together is making me so stressed out, and I am typically one who doesn't stress. I just don't kn... Sun, 20 Jul 2008 08:56:03 EST I WON!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1328017 Spun the Spark Wheel for my log-in points and hit on the key chain. It's supposed to be here in 3-4 weeks. First time I won something on that old wheel! <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:27:42 EST End of the Plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1250899 Not quite yet, but I hope that this is the end of the dreaded plateau! I've been stranded here for months, with little or no weight loss, even gained a few. Luke tells me that even though I haven't lost any weight, I am still getting stronger and making my body do what I want it to do. He also said that I have been maintaining all this time too. Funny how I never thought that maintaining at this weight could be a good thing. I am ready to lose those last 20 or so pounds and get on with mainta... Thu, 5 Jun 2008 07:55:03 EST IBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1100430 So this is my diagnosis after 3 months of living with pain. I've read all there is to read regarding digestive problems and still don't think this is my problem. I've tracked my food on spark for a year and cannot find anything specific that causes my pain. I've even had it when I didn't eat! Go figure! Still waiting for one more test result and will call the doctor this afternoon for the results. My next move will be to try to take a fiber supplement and a multi-vitamin. Just when I start to... Thu, 27 Mar 2008 11:47:30 EST Mom & Dad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1057784 Here's a picture of my Mom & Dad from 1992 at my brother's wedding. It's not really a good picture of her, since you can't really see her face with those big 80's glasses! Thu, 6 Mar 2008 13:24:38 EST 1 Year Stats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=999146 I first started this new life style on February 2, 2007. I've been at it a year now! It hasn't been easy and it hasn't been fun, most of the time, but I have been fairly successful at it. I've learned to eat healthier and have learned to enjoy exercise. I may not eat right all the time, and I know when I'm not, and I may not workout to the fullest extent all the time, but I am way better off than I was a year ago. I am even able to RUN again, something that I swore I would never be able to d... Sun, 10 Feb 2008 11:32:14 EST February Blues....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=996105 All of my health issues have really got me down this month. I had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy and everything was ok with both of them. I'll see the doctor on Thursday for a follow up. My stomach pain has gone away, for the time being, and things were starting to look better. I went back to the gym on Monday, returned on Wednesday and was supposed to go today. Well, I woke up last night at 1:00 am. Wasn't sure why, but had been having a horrible nightmare. I couldn't fall back asleep until ... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 18:37:58 EST Blah! Feeling sick all week......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=927990 I've been feeling horrible since last Tuesday when I had to quit working out due to stomach pain. I've had it every day since then, some days worse than others. I finally had to go to the ER last night and still know nothing. All of my tests, blood and urine were good, enzymes good, no problems with liver, pancreas or appendix, no signs of an ulcer. My blood pressure was the best it has been in years, 125/74, not bad for an old lady! BUT, I still have the pain. It seems to happen after eating... Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:19:21 EST Inches vs. Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=870517 Not sure which is better to lose, but my inches have passed my pounds! I've lost 40 pounds, and as of today I'm down 40 1/2 inches. I seem to be stuck at this weight, but I keep on losing the inches, so I guess it's a good thing! Sun, 23 Dec 2007 17:16:26 EST Back on track.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=860147 Well, Luke has upped my weights, cardio and total gym time and hasn't upped his fee. He told me that me losing weight was enough for him. Gotta love this guy! I am sore ALL OVER from the more aggressive weight training, but if I'm sore, I know I'm working hard. Tomorrow, we're supposed to do a full hour of cardio, no weights, so I'm curious to see if I can do this. Thu, 13 Dec 2007 07:41:49 EST Back to the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=847596 Well, I'm back to the gym tomorrow after work! I am very excited to get back to it. Haven't been there since the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I can tell! Was sick for about a week, then Luke was sick last week. Here's hoping that I can get a great workout in tomorrow! I am really surprised at how much I miss the daily routine. I guess that's a good thing! Sun, 2 Dec 2007 20:15:55 EST Huh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=839098 Just finished taking my measurments and am asking myself WTF? I gained 1/4 inch on my thigh, 1/2 inch on my calf, and 1/2 inch on my hip. Still have 2 pounds from vacation, but I'm just wondering if the inches gained are actually muscle? If it was fat, shouldn't it be where I store fat, like on my waist? Aaarrrggghhh! I sometimes think I'm NEVER going to figure out this diet and fitness stuff! Mon, 26 Nov 2007 09:26:32 EST Blah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=838266 Well, I've been sick since Thanksgiving. Missed 2 days of work and it looks like it will be 3 tomorrow. Haven't been to the gym since Tuesday. Canceled on Luke Friday and probably tomorrow too. What a way to celebrate the holiday. Digestive problems are getting better, but I still have that darned eyeball pain! Hurts my eyes when I move them. Worst part is I still have an appetite. Doesn't THAT just stink! Better days ahead, I hope! Sun, 25 Nov 2007 14:54:14 EST Back from vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=834183 Well, spent 9 days in Jamaica and came back this time with a couple extra pounds! I worked out 3 days in the gym, and either walked or ran everyday, so it could have been a lot worse! Luke has been whipping me hard too the last couple of days! Already lost one of those pounds! I am actually happy to say that I was brave enough to wear a two piece swimsuit. This is something that I have NEVER done in public! I told my husband that there were lots of smaller women than me, BUT there were also l... Tue, 20 Nov 2007 19:09:53 EST Roller coaser ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=795218 I just can't seem to break down this wall I've hit. It started in September and has gone on all through October. I am stuck in the middle 180's and can't seem to get the scale to move. I took my measurements again today and have lost another 2 inches, but can I really be gaining that much muscle? I think some of my clothes do fit a little looser, but maybe it's just wishful thiking? My husband actually went out and bought me a new scale since I was bitching so much about the one I was using, ... Sun, 21 Oct 2007 08:44:32 EST Down, but not out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=776015 I've been a little discouraged for the past couple of weeks. I haven't lost any weight, but did lose a couple inches, but it's just not the same for me. Weighed in today and was down 2 pounds, which puts me approximately 2/3 of the way to my goal. It took me 8 months to get this far, so I am looking at another 4 months to make my goal. Not sure if I can do it as the last 5-10 pounds have been so hard to get off. I'm going to try to tweak my diet a little and see if it helps. I just got two of... Sun, 7 Oct 2007 09:36:16 EST Thought I was stuck..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=762634 My weight hasn't changed much in the last month, but I took measurements today and found that I had lost 2 inches from my waist and hips and had gained 1/2 inch on my bicep. A loss is a loss! Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:35:28 EST Coming clean on diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=724377 OK, I've had my food tracker hidden from sight for a while now. I've decided to come clean and show it to the world! I have days where I have to have something that I shouldn't, and I do track it, but I've always felt like someone was looking over my shoulder when I track a bad food, and would judge me on what I was eating. Today is the day that I put it out in plain view, and finally be completely honest with myself and everyone else. Thu, 30 Aug 2007 14:00:21 EST Shopping is fun again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=694961 Went shopping yesterday and hit all the sales. It's a lot more fun to shop when you aren't limited to the plus sizes. I can fit into a size 14 pants now without cutting myself in half! Still an xl on top, but I am down to a 38DD from a 40DD. I always wore a bigger top than bottom, so I'm ok with the xl for now. I was also able to buy a petite skort, lol! I NEVER considered myself petite and probably never will, not at 5'8"! I know that a size 14 is huge to some people, but to me it brought a... Fri, 10 Aug 2007 10:46:53 EST Back from Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=686217 Well, made it back this morning from our week at the lake cabin. My brother and his girlfriend came with us this year. My brother is a fireman, which also means he is a great cook! So.........long story short, he made lots of things that I shouldn't have eaten, although we grilled a lot of things, but.......I ran 5 out of 6 mornings! I had all intentions of working out in the gym (small) at the lodge, but they didn't have ANY weights, just a couple of machines. So I'm going to be hurting on ... Sat, 4 Aug 2007 18:30:19 EST